Schemhamphoras are seventy-two angels who bear the Names of God, and are used in invocation and in magic.
are names of power
. The concept of "names of power" dates to the time of the ancient Egyptians
, as well as the Hebrews
, who believed that incredible power
could be unleashed
through the use of words. The Egyptians
invented names of power for magical rituals
, which were passed into texts absorbed into Western culture
The most powerful of all the names of power is the Tetragrammaton
. The Tetragrammaton
is usually expressed as YHVH
, the Hebrew
letters yod, he, vau, he
. The exact pronunciation
of the Tetragrammaton
is not known; the most commonly accepted is "Yahweh
." So awesome is the Tetragrammaton
that for centuries it was considered to be ineffable
and was rarely spoken. As early as the time of Jesus
, it was whispered only on Yom Kippur
by a high priest
in the inner sanctuary in the Temple of Jerusalem
. In the sacred texts
, substitute names of power were used, such as "Adonai
" or "Adonay
" or "Elohim
," and the names of the Schemhamphoras
Jehovah: was the german translation of YHVH, it is a wrong translation of the Hebrew words, but is still recognized.
Yahweh: is the Hebrew word for God, God revealed this to Moses. It means "I am who am".
Tetragrammaton: the personal and sacred name of God in Hebrew Scripture.